The Rosary Group will now take place on a Friday.

Please attend on the following dates at 8.30am in the Primary 5b classroom.

Friday 11th October

Friday 25th October

We look forward to seeing you there.





St Joseph’s Primary would like to say THANK YOU to our wonderful parents for their kind donations this morning at our Dress Down Day and Bake Sale Event.

The total raised was a MASSIVE £808.88

Dress Down Donations – £391.93

P7 Bake Sale – £416.95

This will be used to purchase furniture for our Library.


September Weekend

St Joseph’s Primary School will close tomorrow                                                Thursday 26th September at 3.05pm and will re-open on              Tuesday 1st October at 9am

Have a lovely holiday weekend from all the staff !

Education City (Home Access)

At St Joseph’s we have been using Education City in school for a number of years to support teaching and learning.  We are now trialing a home access and have been given a free subscription until 23rd October 2019.  Your child will receive a log in the same they use in school and pupils will now have 24 hour access

We will send out an eForm on 21st October to gather your views about the system and whether you will be willing to pay £2.25 per child for a year home access.

Please see link details on how to access your child’s homework.



Have a wonderful summer

Dear Parents,

 Where has the year gone! It may have been fast but it has been another successful and happy year for St Joseph’s. Our school is a very special place where our children thrive on excellent experiences, they are loved and happy. Thank you for all your kind words, your thoughtful emails and cards and for your consistent support.

 We are looking forward to next session and all the challenges, success and fun it will bring!

 Have a wonderful and relaxing summer.

 God bless

 Suzanne Martin


Parental Involvement and Engagement Census

East Renfrewshire Council and its educational establishments undertake regular periodic surveys of parents and carers.  Such surveys support school and local authority improvement planning and provide an opportunity for parents to share their thoughts on current and future involvement and engagement with schools.

Similar practice is undertaken by all local authorities in Scotland and educational establishments under their control.  In order to rationalise this approach to surveying parents/carers and in order to allow comparable consistent data to be collected nationally, which will assist in evaluating the impact of interventions and programmes and support future policy development, every parent/carer of a school pupil in Scotland is being invited to take part in the national Parental Involvement and Engagement Census pilot.

Only one parent/carer per child will receive an email which will include a link to the survey and it is only necessary to complete the survey once per family, per school.  The survey should take no longer than ten minutes to complete and will remain open until 27 June 2019.

The data gathered will be used for statistical and research purposes and will provide East Renfrewshire Council and its schools with information to help:

  • plan, monitor and deliver better policies for the benefit of all,
  • identify and share best practice,
  • better understand some of the factors which influence parental involvement and engagement with our schools,
  • further enhance positive relationships with parents to secure positive outcomes for our children.

The information collected will also be securely shared with the Scottish Government to assist in evaluating the impact of national interventions and programmes and to support future policy development at a national level.

Further information on the collection and how the Education Department and Scottish Government will process the data collected is provided in the Council’s privacy statement and Scottish Government website:

Should you have any further questions, please contact the Education Department:

Education Department

Family Involvement

St. Joseph’s is a very special school community. Our school staff are committed to demonstrating the values of Teamwork, Empathy, Ambition, Motivation and Encouragement in everything we do. We understand that to achieve the very best for every child, we need to work in partnership with families to promote family and community learning.

We would like to tap into the strengths of our local community, including parents, carers and local organisations to create a place where we can all connect and learn. We would like to hear from parents about what you would like to be involved in and what you would like to see happening for families in St. Joseph’s.

We would love to hear from you to hopefully take many of your ideas forward. Please fill in the eForm below detailing what you would like to see/ be involved in within our school community.


Family Involvement eForm

Planning future engagement – Tackling the School Run

For the last few months East Renfrewshire Council Roads & Transportation Department have been collecting information on school travel in the area and how streets and spaces nearby schools are being used during ‘the school run’. This is to assist developing long term plans on how we invite more walking and cycling, while discouraging car use, to help create safer and healthier school streets.

A key part of this work is how we engage with schools, stakeholders and the community moving forward. We would therefore like to invite you to one of a series of workshops planned during February to help shape future engagement efforts.

Please register you interest via links below and please share within your networks. The more people (of all ages!) that can get involved the better.

Upcoming Workshops

Tuesday 19 February:

1:30 – 3pm; Auchenback Resource Centre, 64 Aurs Drive, Barrhead, G78 2LW

5:30 – 7pm; The Foundry (Heys Room), Main Street, Barrhead, G78 1SW

Thursday 21 February:

1:30 – 3pm; Eastwood House, Eastwood Park, Rouken Glen Road, G46 6UG

6 – 7:30pm; Eastwood House, Eastwood Park, Rouken Glen Road, G46 6UG

If you have any questions or would like any further information please get in touch with myself or my colleague Ross McDowall via



Pope Francis Faith Award


P7 PFFA Reminder

PFFA Parish Commendations should be submitted to the Priest this weekend at any mass as per the letter sent out at the start of January. Pupils are aware of all arrangements.

With the deadline of final PFFA Journal Submission pending (18th Feb) we would ask that parents and guardians have a look at their child’s journal and ensure these are being completed/checked/signed at home. Pupils have all had verbal feedback from class teachers about what they need to do if they wish to achieve this special award.

Please see below the original letter

PFFA P7 Parent Letter – Deadline


Local Improvement Plan (DRAFT) 19-22

(DRAFT) Local Improvement Plan 2019-2022

The draft local improvement plan takes full account of the current national priority areas including the National Improvement Framework, West Partnership Improvement Plan, East Renfrewshire’s Community Plan and the department’s strategy Advancing Excellence and Equity in Education in East Renfrewshire. In particular, links have been made to the National Improvement Framework (NIF) priorities and drivers.


I would be grateful if you would look the draft plan and send comments and feedback or other priorities for improvement to to the school.

Please also see below the Standards Quality Report 2017-18

Standards Quality Report 2017-18

Sacrament of Confirmation


P7 Confirmation Information

St Joseph’s Primary & OLM Primary

Thursday 9th May 2019   7pm  

St Mirin’s Cathedral, Paisley


Dear Parent/Guardian,

I hope you found the last information letter useful to help in preparing for the forthcoming Confirmation.

The P7 pupils have now completed research on their Confirmation saints and committed to receiving the Sacrament at the dedicated Mass that took place in December.


If your child has not already chosen a sponsor, he/she should do so now and advise their teacher of who this is by 18/01/19 so that we can complete the required paperwork. (Please note – sponsors should be 16+, a practising Catholic and someone other than the candidate’s parent)

SPIRITUAL PREPARATION                                                                                                                                                                Pupils will participate in a P7 spiritual retreat at St Joseph’s Church on Monday 25 February 2019. They will also be able to attend Confession in school on 25/03/19 It is recommended that families and Sponsors also take the opportunity to attend Reconciliation before the Confirmation and perhaps arrange for your child to do so at some point during the weeks prior to Confirmation.
WHERE DO CHILDREN & SPONSORS GO?                                                                                                                    

Candidates and Sponsors must be in the Cathedral Halls before 6.30pm.    Diocesan staff and teachers will meet them there, take register and ensure pupils have name badges                                                                                         

WHAT ABOUT FAMILIES?                                                                                           

Family members/guests should make their way directly to the Cathedral.

All congregation members must be seated and ready by 6.50pm

*A reminder that due to the numbers involved, suggestion from the Diocesan office is that 5 guests per family attend. (including sponsor)


PUPIL/SPONSOR PROCESSION                                                                                                                                                                  The procession into the Cathedral will begin by 6.45pm, pairing of child and sponsor within each school group.   (Before the ceremony, children will know their place in school procession (1, 2 etc) and should inform their sponsor)     

Pews will be labelled on either side of aisle with school name. St Joseph’s children will be seated on right side (pulpit side); sponsors seated correspondingly on left

We will continue to prepare pupils in school for receiving this Sacrament both spiritually and practically and we ask that you also continue to support your child at home, eg you could ensure that your child knows key prayers such as those overleaf.

Yours sincerely

K Wynne (Depute Head)



I confess to almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters,                      that I have greatly sinned in my thoughts and in my words,  in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do, through my fault, through my fault,  through my most grievous fault;                                                                                  therefore I ask blessed Mary, ever-Virgin, all the angels and saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me   to the Lord our God.,             

The Gloria                                                                                                                                                                 
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will. We praise you, we bless you, we adore you,  we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great Glory,  Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father.    Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,   you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us;  you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer;  you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us.   For you alone are the Holy One,  you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,  with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father.



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